First-Ever Hill Climb Race on Legendary Mike’s Sky Rancho To Bring World Class Racers to Baja in October 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 30, 2016) – Entries from all across the United States and around Mexico are expected as online registration for the upcoming 1st Annual Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge is underway.
In honor of the 50 years of Baja Racing on the road to Mike’s Sky Rancho, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS has partnered with the Ranch to invite all off-road vehicles – of the two, three or four wheeled varieties – to compete in this one of a kind challenging hill climb competition.
The four-day event will run October 13-16, 2016 with classes ranging from, but not limited to the following vehicle types:
Stadium SUPER Truck
Unlimited Desert Truck Class 1
Class 6100/ Spec TT
V6 Open (Any truck or buggy)
Pro 2wd Truck
Pro 4wd Truck
Open Safari: Rally 2wd or 4wd
Open 4wd (Ultra 4 rules)
Class 8 Heavy Metal
Class 5 Unlimited
Class 5 1600
Class ½ 1600 Buggy
Rally Super Production
Rally Production GT
UTV Stock 1000
United States Auto Club (USAC) officials will score the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge as an elapsed-time event, with teams eligible to make two timed race passes over the course of the weekend. Competitors will also be encouraged to make a practice run on Thursday in preparation for the scored runs beginning on Friday.
A cap of 144 entries is expected at the start line for the first event of it’s kind in Baja Mexico with racers coming from all over the United States and Mexico to participate.
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the official Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge website. Drivers and co-drivers are also able to download the registration form and email or mail your entry form in if you prefer that method of entering.
For more info, visit http://www.mikespeakrace.com.
Entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Late entries after that date and all on-site late entries will be accessed a $200.00 USD late fee added to the original cost.
In addition to drivers and co-drivers filling out the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge registration and submitting payment, all competitors must apply for a United States Auto Club (USAC) SST Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge single event license and provide proof of receipt.
START DRAW DEADLINE
The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is Saturday, October 1. The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, will be held on Monday, October 3.
When finished, the 31 km race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including natural rollers, water crossings, high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, and cattle guards, all while climbing to the top of Mike’s Sky Rancho at over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the natural beauty Baja California represents.
Race week festivities will start Wednesday October 12 with the daylong, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency/tech festival in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Culterural Center in Ensenada.Wednesday night all racers will move out 52 miles east of Ensenada on Hwy 3 in close proximity towards San Felipe Valley and Trinidad where numerous 30’ x 70’ camp spots will await competitors arrival for set up.
Shortly after sunrise Thursday morning October 13, competitors will all have their first opportunity to tackle the course up the challenging hill to Mike’s Sky Rancho. Competitors will have one opportunity to make a practice run.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday based on class size competitors will be scheduled to make timed race passes up the hill to be scored towards whom is the fastest to Mike’s Peak.
AT THE RIVIERA…
The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge. Racer registration, Media registration and mandatory pre-race meeting will all be held at the Riviera on Wednesday, October 12.
Please send additional questions on racer registration, rules, and sponsorship to MikesPeak@stadiumsupertrucks.
ABOUT MIKE’S PEAK HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE
On-site camping, close proximity to Ensenada (52 miles East on Hwy 3), San Felipe Valley, and Trinidad, and multiple road access to viewing points, mean the race to Mike’s Peak will instantly become a fan and driver favorite. Add to that a Mexican Fiesta under the stars of Baja California each night for all drivers and guests. Rooms and camping at the Ranch will be open to all competitors on a first come, first served basis, and will be part of the entry fee.
ABOUT MIKE’S SKY RANCHO
Mike Leon, an American citizen whose family came from Jalisco, Mexico, had owned a couple of bars in Tijuana, but by the mid-1960s he’d had enough of the demanding grind and began looking for a more pastoral setting. In 1967, he bought several thousand acres under the dark skies and twinkling stars of Baja California’s highest mountains and opened Mike’s Sky Rancho, a guest resort in the high foothills of the San Pedro Mártir. Sitting on a knoll above the San Rafael creek in a picturesque and wooded valley, it’s a steep, brush-covered mountains rise in the background to the pine-covered 7,100-foot summit of Cerro San Matìas, visible off to the east. The crystal-clear San Rafael stream winds through the valley floor and must be forded to reach the ranch.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS
2016 World Championship Schedule
Round Date Location TV Broadcast Date Network
1-3 March 3-6 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 26 9:00 PM ET CBSSN
4-5 March 11-13 St. Petersburg, Florida April 17 12:00 PM ET CBSSN
6-7 April 15-17 Long Beach, California April 30 2:00 PM ET CBSSN
8-10 June 3-5 Detroit, Michigan June 19 3:00 PM ET CBSSN
11-12 July 8-10 Townsville, QLD, Australia July 24 4:00 PM ET CBSSN
13-14 July 15-17 Toronto, ONT, Canada July 31 3:00 PM ET CBSSN
15-16 Sept. 3-4 TBA Sept. 18 1:00 PM ET CBSSN
17-18 Sept. 17-18 Costa Mesa, California October 9 6:00 PM ET CBSSN
Exb. Oct. 13-16 Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge; Baja California, Mexico
19-20 Oct. 21-23 Gold Coast, QLD, Australia Nov. 6 2:00 PM ET CBSSN
21-22 Nov. 4-6 Auckland, New Zealand Nov. 20 2:00 PM ET CBSSN
23-24 Nov. 25-27 Sydney, NSW, Australia TBD CBSSN
About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.